First aid

Use the following guide for wildlife first aid.

You should do all of the following before you give first aid:

  • make sure you are safe
  • assess the animal for life-threatening processes
  • gather circumstantial information.

Then follow the tables below to work out how to best help the animal.

Option 1 - suitable for release Option 2 - poor chance of survival
Animal is likely to be suitable for release. Animal has poor chance of survival due to severe injury, excessive stress, early developmental stage or disease.
Apply first aid to address life threatening conditions, such as stop blood flow, stabilise injury, provide warmth or rehydrate. Humanely euthanise.
Apply first aid to reduce stress - place animal in a secure holding box, move into warm, quiet place.  

Get veterinary attention for the animal. Get experienced carer advice and direction.

 

Following Option 1 - After vet attention and direction

Option 1.1 - suitable for release Option 1.2 - poor chance of survival
Animal is likely to be suitable for release Animal has poor chance of survival due to severe injury, excessive stress, early developmental stage or disease.
Rehabilitate Humanely euthanise.
Release

Last updated: 07 March 2019

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